- Paperback: 596 pages
- Publisher: Textbook Pub (January 31, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0758179936
- ISBN-13: 978-0758179937
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,179,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mask of Sanity
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It deals in depth and with great heart with the subject of psychopath or rather people with psychopathic personality disorder. It is ample with examples from the author's own professional experience as a psychiatrist of behaviours of psychopaths, and gives insight into a phenomena that needs to be understood as the world is suffering due largely to lack of knowledge in this area.
Yes, that sounds dramatic, but when you understand that some people (~4%) don't have what we know of as conscience then you may start to see how the world could get into the state it is in.
These people have no conscience as a restraining factor in life and thus procede towards positions of money and power with a ruthless efficacy that is largely undetected as we don't consider it possible that people would behave like that. We find them in leader positions in politics, the corporate world and religious movements to mention a few. The costs to society and the affects on normal people is devastating, which is why this book is recommended for everyone.
Hervey Checkley's gives a great understanding of how these people function and also how come even professional people can be taken in by them. Like the book says they carry a mask of sanity and only careful observation over time gives the clues that something is amiss.
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I'm a therapist - this book is fascinating and relevant todayPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
My favorite 'bad' person in all of literature is Iago (Shakespeare's Othello). And, my favorite book about 'bad' people is 'The Mask of Sanity'. Read morePublished on August 24, 2012 by Phyllis Antebi Ph.D
This is an exceptional psych reference on personality disorders...there is a website that you can download the pdf if you cannot afford to purchase at cassiopaea.org.Published on August 21, 2012 by JayefromJersey